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argues u.s. drug policy has shifted, quote, without really acknowledging it, we are beginning to experiment with a negotiated surrender. benjamin, there are many people i know not naming names who would like to see the white flag waved on the war on drugs. i will point you to a "washington post" editorial yesterday that talks about decriminalization but warns it is not yet clear how a quasi legal pot industry might operate in colorado and waugs or what its public health effects will be. it could be these are harbingers of a slow national reassessment of a marijuana policy or it could serve as a warning for the other 48 states. a middle of the line road. you seem to argue that -- well, based on the title of the story, that this is the beginning of the end. >> yeah. i think we can talk about marijuana and also about harder drugs, but with regard to pot, i mean if you look at what happened in washington state which is where the dam broke and where the first state legalized recreational use of marijuana, we're now presuming everything holds they will treat marijuana like alcohol,
that got so much attention. but why were those warning signs from the libyan officials on the ground, u.s. officials in libya, why were those not taken more seriously perhaps or addressed in a different way. so part of all this attention is that kind of leverage. andrea? >> that's, of course, what is going to come up at confirmation hearings if she is nominated as the president we are told really wishes to follow up on. that is going to be the focus, part of the focus, of the nomination and confirmation hearings and another warning shot today from lindsey graham, look at what he had to say about a previous confirmational battle one that the republicans lost. >> well, i remember the john bolton episode pretty well. our democratic friends felt like that john boltton didn't have the information needed to make an decision about john bolten to be ambassador and democrats dug in their heels saying we're not going to vote, not going to consider this nomination until we get basic answers to our concerns. all i can tell you is that concerns i have are greater today than they were before. >> intere
republican critics and answer questions about the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayott. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism as rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night, senator graham rejecting her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us and now we'll listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were told about a spontaneous event caused by video where a mob turned into a riot is less credible than ever. >> she reportedly called the meeting. seems like a smart move. what do you think? >> well, i think it's a smart move for john mccain to take the meeting. they're boxed in. this is not a figh
. >> it deledge mizing what could be an important inquiry, because four americans are dead including a u.s. ambassador. we want to know what went wrong so it's not repeated. if this takes on the perception as it is of a partisan witch had you not -- witch-hunt we won't get the answers we deserve. >> the point about those who saw as a partisan witch-hunt. we showed video of senator joseph lieberman. if he does not show the same contempt as the republican senators this morning, it does certainly leave them out there without this trio or bipartisan trio that we've seen or quartet. in his interview with cnn, i'm going to read a portion of what he said when asked about susan rice. she had a distinguished career up until now. secondly, i don't know if i feel i know exactly what she was told before she went on tv that sunday. i think we ought to find out before we decide on whether she's a good or bad public servant. that's what he said on the 25th. >> but here's the problem. the senate's already voted on her once to be the ambassador of the united nations. it's not like -- i don't think anybody
said on sunday talk shows about the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. it was a meeting ambassador rice requested to try and clear the air. she went to the meetings with the acting cia director. but the republican senators were not swayed, not in the least. in fact, it sounded like they had settled on their talking points. here's what they said after the meeting. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed more than i was before. here's what i can tell you. the american people got bad information on 16 september, they got bad information from president obama days after. it was unjustified. to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an troubled today. clearly the impression that was given, of the information given to the american people was wrong. >> significantly troubled. more disturbed. their harsh words were somewhat surprising but listening to mccain
brennan is on capitol hill. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. u.s. ambassador susan rice hopes to put that controversy to rest. if she is successful, it would remove the largest political hurdle to her nomination as secretary of state. rice is meeting right now behind closed doors with three of her most vocal critics, republican senator john mccain, kelly ayotte and lindsey graham talking behind closed doors to discuss classified material. the acting director of the cia, mike morel, is helping her answer questions and will accompany her to other meetings on the hill this week. an aide to mccain tells cbs news that rice requested this meeting last week and it could be decisive. if she answers mccain's questions to his satisfaction, he says he would support her nomination. >> margaret, what do you think those questions will be from the senators that they want answered? >> reporter: charlie, there are a lot of them. specifically senator mccain has said he wants ambassador rice to explain why she did not mention that within 24 hour
that this is the part of that the leveraging process, moving to a point where the u.s. government is, to get more fiscally sound. and so obviously last year was a much more heated argument with our congress around the debt ceiling debate. obviously the tea party. they put in the sequester cuts, and now is the fiscal cliff. now, i think globally it is largely viewed as something that would be pretty to crony in. the comments, the monetary policy is not something that can offset it. it will probably put this into a recession. i don't think you're going to see a grand bargain, but i think you will see steps to start the have a down payment of working our way into facing. gerri: a short-term resolution, maybe. let's at least get past the deadline. maybe then we move into a bigger discussion of real tax reform and intel now reform. is that something that somebody in your position with favre? >> i think that structurally we need to see reforms on the spending as well as the tax side i don't think you will see that of the the next four weeks, but you will start to see that and you will start to seek fav
on the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. senator john mccain is chief among her critics, but he has since backed off his threat to block her nomination. the two are set to meet tuesday. what a fascinating chat that will be. >> i'm sure they will embrace. >>> also on capitol hill, signs of a growing republican revolt. lawmakers who promised not to raise taxes are now reconsidering. >> they're trying to avoid the fiscal cliff, which looms in just more than a month. abc's karen travers is in washington with the latest. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. there seems to be a realization sinking in for lawmakers from both parties that they're going to have to compromise to reach a deal. but for many republicans, that may mean breaking a long-standing pledge on taxes. >> reporter: the senate's back in session, and the countdown to the fiscal cliff now stands at five weeks. if congress doesn't act, $650 billion in spending cuts and tax increases automatically go into effect on january 1. there are now increasing signs that republicans may be willin
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